Kid With Awesome Cardboard Arcade Gets College Scholarship

Remember Caine Monroy, the resourceful, creative, and adorable 9-year-old from East L.A. who set up an elaborate cardboard arcade in his dad’s auto parts store? If you don’t remember that, get your brain checked out ’cause it was everywhere yesterday. It was a short film. Everybody saw it. Your parents will be telling you about it next week when Good Morning America or The Today Show cover it. Do those shows still exist? Are they two different shows or the same show? Do people still get their news from TV? Ha ha, old people are old.

Anyway, we have a triumphant update about Caine Monroy. His first customer after several weeks of waiting happened to be a filmmaker (Nirvan Mullick) who made a short film about Caine’s Arcade. The documentary debuted on Monday and now has nearly 850,000 views. Mullick suggested Monroy’s family set up a donation page for Caine, saying “Imagine what this kid could build with an Engineering degree.” The donation page at Caine’s Arcade just surpassed its lofty goal of $100,000 for a four-year degree. As of this morning, they’ve raised an amazing $110,122.61 for Caine’s college fund. People of the internet, you really are awesome sometimes.

[Hat tip and a fun pass to GAS.]